Germany is a federal parliamentary republic in Western-Central Europe. The inhabitants enjoy a temperate seasonal climate almost all round the year. Germany, a developed country, is the world's third-largest exporter and importer of goods, as the country enjoys a global position in several industrial and technological sectors.
Berlin is the capital, and also the largest city in Germany. Many influential philosophers,entrepreneurs, artists, musicians,scientists and inventorshave their homes in Germany, due to its popular and rich cultural and political history.Bonn, Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Bremen, Dresden are few of its major cities.The European Communities (1957), which went on to become the European Union (1999) had Germany as one of its founding member. It is also the second most popular migration destination in the world after the USA.It is part of the Schengen Area and a member of the United Nations,the G8, the G20, NATO, the OECD and the Council of Europe.
International students rate Germany as the third most popular destination in the world. Germany is an attractive place to study and German university degrees are highly respected by employers worldwide. The fields of engineering and science are benefited by Germany‘s long and famous university tradition. There is an increase in number of courses and degree programs, especially masters program, being offered in English.German universities have around twelve percent of students coming from foreign countries.
The cost of living in Germany is reasonable as compared to other European countries. The cost of food, rent, clothing and cultural activities are equivalent to the EU average. Germany,by far, has Europe’s most dynamic economy. On an international scale, it proves to be a very safe country with a rich historical culture and a very diverse population.
Foundation Studies: Free of cost, living expenses would cost you around €7200 per year.
Bachelor Degree: Public institutionsare usually free of cost, howeverthere may be minimal charges per semester between €150 and €250 for enrolment, confirmation and administrationdepending on the university.Private institutions can charge from €20,000 to €30,000 per year.
Postgraduate &Masters Degree Courses: Public institutions are usually free of cost, however there may be minimal charges per semester for enrolment, confirmation and administration. Private institutions can charge upto €30,000 per year.
MBA programs: €25,000 to €30,000 per year
*Most of the private institutions do offer flexible finance options.
Living Costs- €700 - €800 per year (feeding, accommodation and books expenses)
German job markets provide free access to graduates from the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA). The fields of mathematics, IT, natural sciences and technology as well as other areas, such as the health sector, are experiencing particular shortages of skilled employees. This, depending on the sector, increases your chance to find jobs. Good knowledge of German language boosts upyour chances of finding a job in Germany. Exceptions include large, multinational companies and scientific research institutes.
Universities do not provide any scholarships, as there is no tuition fee or a nominal tuition fee. However, International students can apply for scholarships from numerous organizations such as:
DAAD - The German Academic Exchange Service is one of the largest scholarship organizations in the world and offers countless scholarship programs.It provides scholarship to Graduate students pursuing Masters, Doctoral students pursuing PhD, for Post doctoral work/ research etc. Via www.funding-guide.de you can browse a huge selection of scholarship options for Germany offered by DAAD and other organizations. It is very easy to use and you should give it a try!
Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Programs in Germany -German Universities participate in quite a number of study programs which are funded by Erasmus Mundus Scholarships. The scholarships can finance international students to pursue a participating Erasmus Mundus study program in Germany.
Two places which accept applications for admission to university:
• The university of your choice
Several additional documents must be submitted along with your application form, including:
• certified copy of your university entrance qualification (e.g. high school diploma, A levels)
• certified copies of all university certificates you have received
• passport photo
• copy of your passport (page with your name and photo)
• foreign language certificates
GMAT is required for MBA program aspirants. GRE, on the other hand, measures the potential of a candidate in different streams like Graduate studies, Fellowships Programs and Research Programs. TOEFL or IELTS is required to check English language proficiency.
The Major Intakes are March and September.
Concrete finance proof is the foremost thing required for you to obtain a German visa. It will ensure your ability to finance your living expenses (accommodation and food) during your time of study. There are two ways to do this:
(1) A Letter of finances is required to be submitted to the German consulate or embassy. Sponsor letter can be obtained from your parents or a German relative who is willing to sponsor your studies in Germany.
(2) Once you have received your letter of admission, open a German blocked account and deposit roughly 7000 to 8000 Euros. This blocked account is opened in the German embassy.
Apply for a student visa as soon as you have the admission letter, as the procedure can take 8 to 12 weeks. To find out where you should apply for a visa, visit the website of the German Embassy.
Link of visa information :http://www.india.diplo.de/Vertretung/indien/en/06__Consu__Visa/visa__new/NATIONAL/studentvisa.html%20
International student housing: Accommodation in the student hostels is highly recommended as it is a much cheaper option. University hostels vary in rent from €150 to €250, depending on factors like city, location, size of room, services provided, etc.
Home stay or private board: Homestays are the most affordable and cheapest accommodation options because the cost (€300 to €1,500 per month)of room and board generally includes meals, laundry facilities, and occasionally some light cleaning services.
House or Apartment ON RENT: Rent of a flat for single tenant- €300- €450 per month (Depends on popularity of the area/city)and Rent of a shared flat- €300 per month average